When looking to buy a water collection tank, you may be whittling down your options based on pricing to make sure you stay within your budget. However, this should not be the sole primary concern. Another critical aspect to consider is the location of the tank. You could deliberate on two basic solutions. The first would be to have your contractors place the tank above ground (whether directly on the land or elevated on your property) and the second alternative would be below ground. The following factors should help you discern whether above ground or underground installation would be suited for your residence.
Factor the space that is available to you
As you consider the space on your property, do not just factor in whether a tank would fit in or not. Some people assume they have sufficient ground space only for the tank to take up their entire yard and subsequently minimise the kerb appeal of your property. On the other hand, you may consider putting up a platform to elevate the tank, and find that it ends up blocking the views of some bedrooms. Therefore, if the property would be overwhelmed by the presence of the tank, it would be better to have it located underground. The great thing about below ground installation is that it can be carried out anywhere you want on your property from your garden to even under the driveway!
Factor the need for repairs and maintenance
Indisputably, tank repair and maintenance would be easier to carry out in above ground receptacles due to easy access. Nonetheless, your tank is not likely to succumb to disrepair if it is brand new and made from high-quality materials. If you have chosen to purchase a second-hand water collection tank, then you would be best advised to opt for above ground installation in case any cracks form that would be at risk of developing a leak. On the other hand, if your tank is brand new, below ground installation would suffice as maintenance measures such as cleaning can still be carried out at this location.
Factor the ambient climatic conditions
Although Australian climatic conditions tend to be favourable in most parts, other areas can experience severe weather patterns such as scorching heat, high humidity, salty gale winds and more. These changing weather patterns could damage your water tank depending on its location. For instance, if you live in an extremely hot area, an above ground water tank that is unsheltered could become hard and brittle with time. Also, note that any deterioration to your receptacle will directly affect your water quality so you need to pick a location that would ensure the longevity of the tank.